Person:Abednego Inman (1)

Abednego Inman
b.1 Jul 1752 York, England
  1. Shadrach Inman1746/47 - 1831
  2. Meshach Inman1749 - 1767
  3. Abednego Inman1752 - 1831
  4. Susannah Inman1754 - BEF 1816
  5. Ezekiel InmanABT 1758 -
m. ABT. 1778
  1. William Hardin Inman1779 - 1817
  2. Hannah Ritchie Inman1782 - 1848
  3. Jean\Jane\Jenny Inman1784 - AFT 1830
  4. Ezekial Inman1786 - 1824
  5. John Ritchie Inman1788 - 1837
  6. Benjamin Hardin Inman1790 - 1838
  7. William Shadrack Inman1793 - 1852
  8. Mary "Polly" Inman1795 - 1872
  9. Annice W. Inman1797 - ABT 1880
  10. Susannah Inman1800 -
  11. Margaret Harriet Inman1805 -
Facts and Events
Name Abednego Inman
Gender Male
Birth? 1 Jul 1752 York, England
Marriage ABT. 1778 Fort Harrison, Henrico, Virginia, United States
to Mary Ritchie
Death? 2 FEB 1831 Dandridge, Jefferson County, Tennessee
Burial? Hopewell Presb. in Dandridge, Jefferson, TN


Inman Tapestry
……………………..The Tapestry
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New River SWVP Cumberland Carolina Cradle
The Smokies Old Kentucky


This existing article has quite a bit of useful information. Documentation needs to be worked on, as there's a reliance on tertiary sources. Also needs considerable work in terms of formating, article layout, and organization. I've added a single section in the hopes that this will force line feeds to make the paragraphing clear, but the information flow is largely disjointed. Some passages, such as the notes about immigration date, conflict with each other. The history of this line is very insoncistently drawn in the literature. Some place the line as originated in Maryland. Some have them importing directly to Virginia. Some place them in Prince Edward County (or nearby, while others place them in Frederick/Augusta/Albemarle. Much better documentation focusing on original sources, rather than tertiary sources is badly needed.


Source:Virkus, Frederick Adams. Immigrant Ancestors : A List of 2500 Immigrants to America before 1750
Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol IV, p 759
Find A Grave


From Beal, 1995. Inman Innings 1(5), quoting Buis T. Inman]

...[S]ome sources give Robert Inman as the father of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego while others give Ezekial as the father. There were a number of Robert Inmans documented in Virginia and North and South Carolina. it is well documented that Ezekial lived in Burke County, North Carolina at the same time as the three brothers, and the general belief is that he was their father.


Abednego was raised in Albemarle, Virginia. Came to North Carolina as a young man. Ref DAR # 354972;SR22-23, 23, 24, 28-29.

Buried in old cemetery next to the courthouse in Dandridge. Grave DAR marked.

Lived in NC & GA during Revolutionary war. Service in Indian and Border warfare.

One of the soldiers from Watauga and Holston Settlements against the British.

Served under Sevier, as a Major, wounded at King's Mountain. (Source:Moss, 1990 includes him on a list of persons who may have served at Kings Mountain but for whom no formal documentation has been found. Abednego survived long enough to have claimed a pension as a result of his service; References indicate that "the DAR accepted his service record", which may imply a pension statement. If that's the case, then this should be easy to document. Moss apparently wasn't able to document this, so this is probably simply family tradition.)

In May of 1796, he was commissioned Justice in Jefferson County, TN.

Came from England 1765-1767, settling first in Limestone, Virginia (There is no Limestone Virginia, then or now. There is a Limestone in Washington County TN, and a Limestone in Mineral County WV, but none in VA proper. Limestone TN would not have been settled as early as 1765, and so this may refer to LImestone WV; however, the migratory route would be unusual, and seems unlikely Q 22:31, 16 March 2010 (EDT))

Abednego Inman appears on a passenger list from England: "Immigrant Ancestors: A list of 2500 Immigrants to America before 1750" by Virkus. Abednego Inman from England came 1765-67, settled at Limestone, Va, then at Dandridge, TN;

Major, American Revolution. Listed on Historical Marker, Dandridge, TN;

Trustee Hopewell Presbyterian Church Dandridge, TN; Lived in NC, Jefferson Co., TN, Milville, GA, and back to Jefferson Co., TN. Seems to be still some question among researcher where Abednego and his brothers came from. According to the Compendium of American Genealogists he came to VA from England abt. 1755, age 15, and settled at Limestone, Rockbridge Co., VA

One of the earliest references to Abednego is found in the Missouri Historical Magazine, Vol. 6, pp. 138-40 1912 which relates that in the year 1767 a party of explorers left their home in NC to explore land lying west of the Cumberland Mountains (later a part of Tenn.). In the party were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Inman under the leadership of Daniel Boone. They endured many hardships in the middle of winter while crossing the mountain range and depended for their subsistence on the game they could kill. When they arrived near the central part of the present state of Tennessee, they camped near a cave where they were surprised and attacked by Indians. Not having taken the precaution of posting sentinels, nearly all of the little band were either killed or wounded. Among the slain was Meschach Inman. Among the wounded were Shadrach and Abednego. The former received a wound in the side with a spear. Abednego received a wound on the forehead from an Indian Tomahawk, leaving a scar which he carried the remainder of his life. He hid in a large hollow tree for nine days without food and only a little water. Eventually, he was able to make his way back to his home in North Carolina. Shadrach Inman and Daniel Boone were able to escape the attack and make their way back to their homes.


In March 1777 Abednego and Shadrach were living in Rowan Co NC where they took the Oath of Allegiance to the state (State Record of N.C. by Clark, V 22, pg. 501-3). Both are shown serving at the Battle of King's Mountain (King's Mountain Men-Draper and King's Mountain Men-White).
Abednego was one of the soldiers from Wautauga and Holstein Settlements who went to Col. Clarks's assistance when GA was over run by the British.
His service record has been accepted by the D.A.R.
In 1786 there is an order in the Green Co. TN Court of Minute Pleas and quarter session that a Road be laid off from the Puncheon Camp on the North side of Lick Creek to the County line leading to Abednego Inman's Mill.
The Annals of Tennessee-Ramsay--relates that Col. Tipton ordered a number of Troops (employed in putting down disturbances between the settlers and the Indians) meet at Abednego Inman's on 16 March 1788.
Abednego and Shadrach and their families were members of the original Hopewell Presbyterian Church founded in 1785. This was the oldest church in the county.
Tennessee Cousin's -Ray- lists Abednego in the roster of early Trustees and elders of the church.
Abednego died in Jefferson Co. in 1831 and is buried in the Military Cemetery in the town of Dandridge. A monument, honoring Revolutionary Soldiers buried there, bears the name of Abednego. The Military Cemetery is part of the original Cemetery of the Hopewell Presbyterian Church.
A tablet on one side of the monument includes the following inscription:
Erected by Martha Dandridge Garden Club
In Memory of
Revolutionary Soldiers Buried Here
John Blackburn
Abednego Inman
Samuel Lyle
Richard Rankin
Samuel Rankin
1758*(corrected from 1738)-1828
Reverse side of tablet:
Burial Ground at the
site of the original
Hopewell Presbyterian Church
in Jefferson County
[Source: Tennessee Cousins, by Worth S. Ray, pg. 98].